Head into the central heart of the Italian countryside and you’ll find the stunning region of Chianti. Home to one of the country’s greatest exports, not to mention the favourite tipple of Hannibal Lector.
As a wine, the Chianti name is synonymous with quality. A classic dry red that compliments a range of different foods, Chianti has been one of the more popular reds across the world for decades.
But what of the region from which it originates?
The Tuscan Hills
The Chianti region is located in the heart of Tuscany, midway between the towns of Sienna and historic Florence.
A countryside of gently rolling hills, of lush greenery and the picturesque sprawl of endless vineyards and olive tree groves.
Chianti and the Tuscany region within which it resides is the picture postcard area of rural Italy. Idyllic, peaceful and a far cry from the harem scarem bustle of Rome, Venice or Milan. To visit the chianti region is to drop down a gear and soak in a version of Italian life that remains true to its traditional ways.
Things to do in Chianti
As a tourist to the region there’s an abundance of sights to see and experiences to be had, from the scenic to the historic; with a touch of food, wine and fine culture for good measure.
Scan a map of Chianti wineries and you’ll discover an array of delightful vineyards inviting you in to sample their different blends of the famous red wine. Because, let’s be honest, you can’t visit the region without a fair sampling of its most famous export, can you?
The wine area is historically small, incorporating the delightful towns of Radda, Castellina and Gaiole. However, in more recent times the region has spread its wings to take in the vineyards of the wider Tuscan region.
In other words, there’s no shortage of choice.
Beyond the wine, Chianti is a region rich in culture and history. From the various museums of sacred art, to the ancient churches and modern day sculptures, Chianti offers an abundance of cultural pleasures for those who visit this delightful Italian region.
Chianti and the Tuscany region as a whole offers a variety of traditional arts and crafts, very much in keeping with the slow pace, traditional lifestyle and sumptuous rural surroundings of the area. From hand woven baskets to stunning terracotta ornaments, there’s a wonderful array of locally crafted, beautifully finished items that make the ideal holiday gift.
The stunning, gently sloping hillside landscape of Chianti offers scenery that seems to remove all the stresses and worry from everyday life. A change of pace and a step into a world of breath-taking countryside and peaceful, friendly towns and villages.
A region that teems with traditional culture, is rich in and offers local arts and crafts of the highest order.
And then there’s the wine. For when all’s said and done, this is a wine-tasters paradise.